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Happy Holidays from NYIAC

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Rekha Rangachari, Executive Director of NYIAC, runs a weekly Around Town: Upcoming Events in International Arbitrations Message. We at the Section of Dispute Resolution of NYSBA greatly appreciate her thoughtful messages to our ADR community worldwide and will run them weekly in this blog. The Section is a proud Founding Organization of NYIAC.

Dear Friends of NYIAC,

I take this opportunity to wish you and yours a healthy holiday season and a happy New Year.

2020 has been filled with pivots, permutations, and pandemic protraction. We had to dig deep, pull ourselves up by our bootstraps (a creative turn of phrase as this is physically impossible), and move forward without a deadline in sight. It was maddening, machiavellian, and marooning. Alas, we made it!

This year, we celebrate NYIAC's seventh anniversary with renewed momentum. Our audio library now boasts 21 programs available on demand, with a count of 30+ programs NYIAC organized or supported including the success of virtual New York Arbitration Week 2020. Although rooted in New York, we have grown globally because of YOU, discussing myriad topics and texts in English and Spanish. Experts say (e.g., here, here, here, and here) that gratitude breeds happiness. And so, I want to take this moment to extend my sincere gratitude to you for your support, spirit, and strength. As an international community, we came together this year in magnanimous form - ever-ready with a link to meet remotely be it for pleasure or profession.

What to expect in year two of the pandemic? 2021 will bring greater access to vaccines, vacations, and (hearing) venues (ha!). And, in due course, we will be able to gather again in person, in convivial spirit, long overdue. To that end, and if you'll indulge me in remote celebration, join us on January 13 from 6:30-7:30pm Eastern Standard Time for NYIAC's Annual Reception (dealer's choice on drink). Registration is available here. We can create our audio tome to why we love NYC, now more than ever.

Until we next meet,
Rekha

"I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Diversity Scholarship for Mediation and Arbitration Training

The scholarships give recipients enrollment at no charge in either (1) three-day Mediation Training offered annually by DRS or (2) the three-day Arbitration Training offered annually by DRS

Diversity Mentorship Program

The goal of the Mentorship Program is to increase diversity in the alternative dispute resolution community by providing such attorneys with training, support, and connections to assist them in becoming active participants in the area of alternative dispute resolution. Through the Mentorship Program, mentees work with or "shadow" their mentors to gain first-hand experience and training in alternative dispute resolution, attend seminars on alternative dispute resolution, and network with other professionals in the alternative dispute resolution community. The Mentorship Program duration is two (2) years.

Applications deadline: February 1, 2021

See attached two documents.

DRS_DiversityScholarships_2021_FORM fillable.pdf


2021 DRS_DiversityCommitteeMentorshipProgram_APP fillable.pdf

NYIAC's Weekly Around Town Message

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Rekha Rangachari, Executive Director of NYIAC, runs a weekly Around Town: Upcoming Events in International Arbitrations Message. We at the Section of Dispute Resolution of NYSBA greatly appreciate her thoughtful messages to our ADR community worldwide and will run them weekly in this blog. The Section is a proud Founding Organization of NYIAC.


Dear Friends,

Witness the beauty of the Northern Lights from your own home here (images from the Annual Capture the Atlas Photography Competition). Of differing imagery, take a look at 100 Drawings from Now, a series on "The Melancholy Gestalt of Isolation."

Interested in supporting rising musical stars? Give a listen to artists on Sofar Sounds, an innovative platform that organizes bespoke concerts in global cities (now fully virtual).

Curious to check the U.S. state-specific lines for vaccine access? Take a look here.

Have a hankering for podcasts? Some of the Best Podcasts of 2020 await you.

And, as we accelerate towards the holidays, let's be reminded that fair play pays, even in the desert of pandemic. May we continue to offer one another kindness, mirthful cheer, and respect, as Antoine de Saint-Exupéry captures best below.

"The best place for discovering what a man is is the heart of the desert. Your plane has broken down, and you walk for hours, heading for the little fort at Nutchott. You wait for the mirages of thirst to gape before you. But you arrive and you find an old sergeant who has been isolated for months among the dunes, and he is so happy to be found that he weeps. And you weep, too. In the arching immensity of the night, each tells the story of his life, each offers the other the burden of memories in which the human bond is discovered. Here two men can meet, and they bestow gifts upon each other with the dignity of ambassadors."

Please don't hesitate to write if NYIAC or I can be of assistance. Happy, happy holidays.

Warmly yours,
Rekha

Upcoming Events

The Arbitration Award - What are your thoughts?

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Do you believe your arbitration awards have turned on credibility issues (often, seldom, rarely) or on memory, access to facts, and other criteria that do not directly have to do with whether a witness is telling the truth?

Please provide your thoughts/comments below.

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From Stephanie Cohen, Vice Chair, CIArb NY Branch

Dear Deans, Professors, and Student Leaders:

The New York Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators is pleased to announce the third annual CIArb NY Branch International Arbitration Student Article Competition. We would be grateful if you would let students know as soon as possible about this opportunity and encourage them to compete this year.

The Competition is open to all JD, LLM and JSD students who are enrolled on a full-time basis for the 2020/21 academic year at an ABA-accredited law school located anywhere in the States of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The article submission deadline is February 9, 2021. Awards will be announced in April 2021.

The Competition's judges will award up to 2 cash honoraria ($5,000 and $3,000) for scholarly articles of publishable quality in the field of international arbitration. At the discretion of the Chartered Institute, the winning articles may be included in one of its publications. (In fact, all past winners to date have had their articles published by the Institute in its flagship publication, The Journal. Click here to learn more about last year's first prize article by Lim Siyang Lucas, LLM 2020, NYU School of Law.)

All details regarding the competition rules and registration are available on the Branch's website here. We encourage you to share this link by e-mail, social media, etc. to reach students who you think may be interested.

Please write to us at writingcompetition@ciarbny.org if you have any questions regarding the Competition.

About the Chartered Institute

The Chartered Institute is a Royal Chartered Charity headquartered in London devoted to training and certifying neutrals and to promoting excellence in the practice and profession of alternative dispute resolution, including through scholarly publications and lectures and the development of best practices guidelines suitable for use around the globe. The Chartered Institute's membership of over 16,000 spans 149 countries and works primarily through its international network of 39 branches. Student membership is free. See www.ciarb.org.

The CIArb New York Branch serves a territory consisting of the States of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. See www.ciarbny.org.

Thank you in advance for your help in spreading the word about the Competition.

With best wishes for the holiday season,
Steph


Stephanie Cohen, FCIArb
Vice Chair, CIArb NY Branch
(Chair as of 1 January 2021)

Independent Arbitrator
www.cohenarbitration.com

NYIAC's Weekly Around Town Message

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Rekha Rangachari, Executive Director of NYIAC, runs a weekly Around Town: Upcoming Events in International Arbitrations Message. We at the Section of Dispute Resolution of NYSBA greatly appreciate her thoughtful messages to our ADR community worldwide and will run them weekly in this blog. The Section is a proud Founding Organization of NYIAC.

Dear Friends,

We will forever be New York strong, but it's always good to take stock of the reasons why we've loved this city (go-to establishments now shuttered, replete with colorful awnings and delectable items consumed). Farewells come in all styles, particularly in pandemic. On a positive note, explore Secret Splendors of New York's Gilded Age on 18 December (8- 10pm ET), revisiting the iconic mansions that adorned Fifth Avenue.

Did you hear? Pantone declared 2021's color of the year - a combination of ultimate gray and illuminating (e.g. yellow), described as practical, fortitudinous, steady, resilient, friendly and vivacious. Sounds like a rock solid employee applicant or dating advert. A sunny addition to the color palette worth checking out.

At sundown yesterday, colleagues began celebrating Hanukkah (or Chanukah), the 8-day "miracle" festival bringing together families to share prayers, gifts, and delicious items. In sync, yesterday also celebrated International Human Rights Day (and the 100th anniversary of the Statute and Rules of the Permanent Court of Justice). As we pay homage to human life and experience, give a look to Time's 100 Most Influential People and 100 Most Influential Images. Let's rebuild the world we want, together.

Warmly yours,
Rekha

Upcoming Events

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During the first virtual/video hearing of an arbitration case one of the party's witnesses was testifying from home and the Wi-Fi connection was spotty at best. The video lagged the audio by several seconds, and the entire transmission dropped several times. The lawyer doing cross-examination was upset due to not being able to observe the witness's demeanor and reactions because of connectivity problems. With respect to the Tribunal, it was also difficult for them to keep track of the witness's testimony.

Going forward, should the Tribunal include a provision in their scheduling orders for virtual/video hearings to the effect that where it's feasible and economically sensible, the parties should do their best to ensure that witnesses relying on home Wi-Fi signals have appropriate technology, including something like Wi-Fi Extenders (also known as Wi-Fi Boosters), to enable seamless testimony and questioning?

Please provide your thoughts/comments below.

Case Summaries by Alfred Feliu - November2020

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To sponsor the 2021 Annual Meeting for the Dispute Resolution Section of NYSBA, see the following:

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Arbitrators may not be bound by the same rules of evidence as judges in civil courts and may be inclined to allow almost any evidence or testimony the parties consider meaningful. Do you believe that is the norm in arbitration proceedings? If so, is it problematic and how should arbitrators properly address this issue?

Please provide your thoughts/comments below.

NYIAC's Weekly Around Town Message

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Rekha Rangachari, Executive Director of NYIAC, runs a weekly Around Town: Upcoming Events in International Arbitrations Message. We at the Section of Dispute Resolution of NYSBA greatly appreciate her thoughtful messages to our ADR community worldwide and will begin running them weekly in this blog. The Section is a proud Founding Organization of NYIAC.

Dear Friends,

Welcome to December 2020. Thanks for tuning in. I post some curiosities below.

Can mass covid-19 testing bring inaction rates down? It's unclear.

Who gets the COVID-19 vaccine second? That depends. First in line are health care workers and nursing homes.

• Are we in the dawn of digital medicine? Seems to be so.

• Can you make virtual parties actually fun? Yes, definitely. The New York Women of International Arbitration gave it the old college try, and succeeded. We'll try again at NYIAC's Holiday Party on December 11 (registration here) - join us from 5-6pm ET.

Before you dive in to the below event list (admittedly with a lull as we near closer to "holiday season"), take a gander at some regional words that may go extinct. And towards diction, here's the New Yorker's list of the Best Books We Read in 2020.

Warmly yours,
Rekha

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